Suzanne joined CITRS in January 2017 as the Lead Mentor/Coach for the Comprehensive Character Development Initiative in 22 Pre-K through 12th grade schools. In 2019, she became the WNY Regional Director, overseeing multiple consultants and ensuring successful implementation of the expansion to a larger WNY regional focus. In 2021 Suzanne became the CITRS GROW Director, overseeing the launch and implementation of the CITRS GROW Model.
Suzanne holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, a master’s degree in Counselor Education, and a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) from Canisius College. She holds a permanent NYS Certification in School Counseling and was a full-time school counselor for several years before moving into educational consulting. During her tenure as a school counselor, she became an award-winning educator being named the 2014 Judy Silver Humane Educator of the Year and the school’s Educator of the Year. Suzanne and has worked in school, agency, business, and private practice settings over the past 25 years, receiving additional certifications as a Stress Management and Results Coach.
Outside of her CITRS work, Suzanne is the owner of a private consulting and life coaching practice, Stress Management and Wellness Solutions, LLC, and volunteers as the President of a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization, The Character Council of WNY.
Suzanne is passionate about empowering educators to be their best selves, resulting in more productive and fulfilling careers and lives. Her goal is to help schools achieve continuous improvement processes, built on a foundation of character and positive relationships, that will result in maximum success for students, and a positive school climate for all.